Gerald Keith Winkler, 68 of Crestline passed away on Monday, June 6, 2021, at his home.
Gerald was born in Perryville, Missouri on May 5, 1953, to the late Lester and Aline (Renaud) Winkler. He married Barbara Armstrong on September 23, 1972, and she survives him in Crestline.
Gerald was a graduate of Crestline High School, Class of 1971. After high school, he served his country in the United States Navy from 1971 to 1980. Gerald enjoyed being outdoors and soaking in the views of the scenery. He was an avid fisherman, loved hunting and golfing, so much that he lived in Alaska for 33 years. Gerald and his wife recently moved back to their hometown to retire. He also loved photography, flying and was a small aircraft pilot. Gerald was also an avid Cleveland Indians and Browns fan, and a proud self-taught guitar player. He was very intelligent and loved to share his knowledge. Whatever he started, he finished with expertise.
In addition to his wife, Gerald is survived by his daughters; Alison (Rob) Carlisle, San Antonio, TX, and Brittany Winkler, Soldotna, AK; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; siblings Barbara Cope, Mansfield, Russell Winkler, Crestline, Ceilann (Randy) Hoffer, Galion, and Kevin Winkler, Crestline; and sister-in-law, Donna (Mark) Baki, Mansfield.
In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Raymond Armstong, his mother-in-law, Gertrude Armstrong, and his sister-in-law Linda (Armstrong) Dunay.
Friends may call Thursday, June 10, 2021, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Mark A. Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, 223 West Main St. Crestline. Services will be held Friday, June 11, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. with a close friend, Bob Wozniak officiating and where military honors will be rendered. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors, Tunnel to Towers, or The Fisher House, in care of the funeral home.
Those wishing to share a memory of Gerald or send condolences to the Winkler family may do so by visiting www.masfh.com.
The Mark A. Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, Crestline, is honored to serve the family of Gerald Keith Winkler.